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A shocker of a win in Beantown

January 8th, 2009
by John

Following up on Ren’s post last night….After Wednesday night’s terrible performance against the Philadelphia 76ers, I predicted there was no way the Rockets were going to beat the World Champ Celtics. Even though Boston had been struggling of late, I thought the Rockets, even though they had bounced back from poor games before, couldn’t defeat the Celtics on the second night of a back-to-back. Especially since the Rockets had lost 5 games in a row on the road, and 5 of their last 7 games.

It looked like it was going to be another loss late in the fourth quarter after several mistakes offensively and defensively gave the Celtics the lead. Ho hum, another collapse for a loss. But they proved me wrong, and I’m ecstatic to say I was wrong.

Some young Houston players stepped up big-time. Von Wafer‘s three-pointer from the corner was absolutely clutch. That’s going to do wonders for his career. The guy has GOT to have stones to be such a young player and have that crazy Mohawk haircut of his. 4-of-6 from behind the arc Wednesday night. Love it.


Aaron Brooks was absolutely fantastic. He snapped out of his shooting funk (capped off by 1-of-11 shooting on Wednesday night), at least temporarily, by scoring 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting. But he also was pivotal by breaking down the defense by getting into the lane, drawing the defense to him, then kicking it out to Wafer for that three. Then he drew a charge on Paul Pierce to make Boston turn the ball over. I’d like to see him finish more games than Rafer Alston.

As Ren wrote last night after the game, I think Yao played one of his best games of the season, hitting clutch shots including a clean-up basket in the final 11 seconds to give the Rockets a 4-point lead. And it was Brooks who penetrated deep into the lane and dished it underneath to Carl Landry, who missed, but Yao grabbed the rebound to put it back in.

Oh yeah, and they did this all with Tracy McGrady not playing. Does that tell you something? Ron Artest played great in his place, scoring 17 points in 30 minutes, and playing great defense the Rockets have sorely missed during his absence. I would love for the Rockets to re-sign Artest this coming off-season after he becomes a free agent, even it requires the Rockets get rid of McGrady’s bloated salary somehow to make the numbers work. I’m sure we’ll get into that discussion in a few months, but I wanted to throw it out there right now.

The Rockets’ confidence has now got to be sky high, and it will be interesting to see it gives them the bounce they need to play in their back-to-back on Friday and Saturday.

10 Responses to “A shocker of a win in Beantown”

  1. airchina23 Says:

    I enjoyed this game very much. I would’ve enjoyed it better had NBA League Pass showed Rocket’s Network instead of Boston’s. The color commentator for the Celtics is one of the biggest homers you’ll ever hear in pro basketball.

  2. Luckyme Says:

    I think the two most critical plays for the Rockets to secure the win were the 3-pointer by V.Wafer ( with the assist from AB) and the clean-up basket by Yao at the 11 seconds point. To hit a three at the dying seconds of the game from a rookie was phenomenal. And Yao, with all the celtic players around him, managed to grap the rebound and put it in showed his determination. No matter what, like you, I was almost 100% certain that Houston would lose that game. So, to me, it was one of the most satisfying wins. Just hope that the team could continue with that type of emotion and energy.

  3. YaoMingMania Says:

    I completely agree. Tommy Heinsohn is one of the worst announcers in
    basketball ever. They need to put on Bill Worrell and Matt Bullard's
    broadcast of Rockets games through NBA League Pass. — John

  4. YaoMingMania Says:

    It will be tough to say who they can get for McGrady, but I know there was a
    potential deal brewing with Detroit in the off-season, but the Rockets
    turned it down. We'll see if they turn down a deal in the future from the
    Pistons. — John

  5. Sam Says:

    Yao I love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can i connect with you? Share some experience about World of Warcraft! My MSN is zhangqi0927@hotmail.com.
    I am looking forward to hearing from you,man
    Yao is best center in the NBA league! I promise!

  6. Luckyme Says:

    I think the two most critical plays for the Rockets to secure the win were the 3-pointer by V.Wafer ( with the assist from AB) and the clean-up basket by Yao at the 11 seconds point. To hit a three at the dying seconds of the game from a rookie was phenomenal. And Yao, with all the celtic players around him, managed to grap the rebound and put it in showed his determination. No matter what, like you, I was almost 100% certain that Houston would lose that game. So, to me, it was one of the most satisfying wins. Just hope that the team could continue with that type of emotion and energy.

  7. Glenn Fayard Says:

    Hey, glad to have you back. Regarding the game, I think the key to this game was the bench. Bill Simmons on his podcast (just about a must-listen with Bucher and Stein) was pointing out that the Celts have no bench. We, on the other hand, have guys like Landry, Brooks, heck, doesn't Artest count?

    Yeah, I think T-Mac's days are numbered – who do you think they can get for him? I mean, you can bury him all you want (justly) but I wouldn't trade him for Marbury.

  8. YaoMingMania Says:

    I completely agree. Tommy Heinsohn is one of the worst announcers in
    basketball ever. They need to put on Bill Worrell and Matt Bullard's
    broadcast of Rockets games through NBA League Pass. — John

  9. YaoMingMania Says:

    It will be tough to say who they can get for McGrady, but I know there was a
    potential deal brewing with Detroit in the off-season, but the Rockets
    turned it down. We'll see if they turn down a deal in the future from the
    Pistons. — John

  10. Sam Says:

    Yao I love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can i connect with you? Share some experience about World of Warcraft! My MSN is zhangqi0927@hotmail.com.
    I am looking forward to hearing from you,man
    Yao is best center in the NBA league! I promise!

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